Local Camp Helps Kids Fight Childhood Obesity

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The Mid-South’s high obesity rates aren’t budging.

According to Healthyamericans.org, last year, 22 states had numbers above 30%.

But one Mid-South camp is looking to combat that.

Arkansas and Mississippi had two of the worst obesity rates in the country last year and Tennessee was right behind them.

Experts say cutting the calories and upping the exercise needs to start at a young age.

“Healthy living begins with loving me.”

It’s a camp motto to live by. Putting health as the priority for the day.

“Your body is really your responsibility,” said Jessica Simmons with Healthy Kids & Teens, Inc.

Kids as young as four are learning that here at ‘Camp Get Fit.’

A ‘State of Obesity’ study from 2015 shows a third of kids who are overweight in kindergarten are obese by 8th grade. This program is fighting the fat.

“Hardly any of them have weight problems,” said Simmons.

Before it begins. From the basics of exercise.

“By the end of the summer, they will have walked 26 miles,” said Simmons.

To what’s on your plate.

“Before this, I was eating poor, really, and now I’m just making sure I pick out the right things,” said camper Maegan Smith.

It’s no boot camp though. As you can see, it’s a lot of fun. These kids are learning that you don’t have to deprive yourself, but make some healthy life changes that will pay off in the long run.

“We don’t like to just say ‘go exercise,’ we say ‘go play!'” said Simmons.

Just make an effort to move! And don’t be afraid to treat yourself responsibly.

“We call them sometimes foods, so you can’t eat cake and candy everyday, you eat them sometimes,” explained Simmons.

For rising 8th grader, Maegan Smith, it’s already starting to stick.

“I’m more eager to get up, because at first, I was laying in bed lazy, not wanting to get up.”

Getting an early start to a healthy life.

Healthy Kids & Teens, Inc. is continuing the camp at Leadership Prep Charter School through July 22nd. Spaces are still available.

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